Il Trovatore – Verdi
Riccardo Muti, Hugo de Ana – Barbara Frittoli (Leonora), Violeta Urmana (Azucena), Salvatore Licitra (Manrico) – Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Muti conducts an outstanding cast in a memorable Il Trovatore.
In 2001, the centenary of Verdi's death was commemorated around the world, especially in the composer’s homeland, Italy, where he died on January 27th 1901. La Scala in Milan, where many of Verdi’s greatest works were premiered, marked the anniversary by presenting a new production of Il Trovatore, even though it was first performed in January 1853 in Rome and not in Milan.
Riccardo Muti, who was Musical Director of La Scala at the time, chose a new critical version of the score, close to the composer's original vision. This version, which was controversial at the time, contributed to interest the performance in which the orchestra plays a key role. Muti provides a rendition of the opera that is full of energy. Like a painting that has regained its colours after having been restored, the opera sounded revitalized.
In the principal roles, Barbara Fritolli, Leo Nucci, Violetta Urmana and Salvatore Licitra (Toscanini said that to succeed in Il Trovatore, all that was needed was four good singers) are equal to the conductor's ambitions. The stage production by Hugo de Ana, which plays with shadows and obscurity, transports the audience into a visually ambitious dreamlike world.
Hugo de Ana
stage director, set designer, costume designer
Sergio Rossi lighting
Leda Lojodice choreography
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Leo Nucci (The count of Luna)
Roberto Gabbiani chorus master
Barbara Frittoli (Leonora)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Violeta Urmana (Azucena)
Salvatore Licitra (Manrico)
Giorgio Giuseppini (Ferrando)
Tiziana Tramonti (Ines)
Ernesto Gavazzi (Ruiz)
Ernesto Panariello (An old Gypsy)
Francesco Biasi (A messenger)
Duration : 02 h 16 min
Location : Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
Recording date : 2000
Production date : 2000
Production : © Euroarts Music International
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